It's been over 50 years, since the publication of the first edition of Systems Thinking: Selected Readings, a Penguin Modern Management paperback reader edited by Fred E. Emery.
From the selected readings, have we moved beyond that milestone? What do we see if we revisit the 18 chapters, the five parts, and the introduction?
David Hawk completed his PhD in 1979, in the Social Systems Science program at U. Pennsylvania 1975-1988. When he entered the program in 1974 as a graduate student, Fred Emery gave him the paperback. This provides him a unique perspective on the reader, not only with his instructors guiding further interpretations, but with many decades on reflecting on seminal works. John Pourdehnad completed his PhD in 1982, also in the Social Systems Science program. For more than a decade, he led systems thinking engagements with Russell Ackoff at the Interact Institute for Interactive Design.